The Standard - 27 Nov 2015

The Standard - Passion Parfait

The Standard offers an open spaced venue and a garden out the back to enjoy an alcoholic beverage or too and munch on some dishes from their tapas menu. I chose the garlic clams which were tasty and thoroughly enjoyed in a delicious rich creamy sauce with garlic and chives. The toasted sourdough slices were used to mop up the sauce from the clam shells and then I proceeded to clean the dish. Then it was on to dessert and I settled on the passion parfait with lychees which was a stunning dish. The flavour of the passiionfruit comes through in the smooth light parfait but without the sweetness, just melting in your mouth. The dehydrated lychees carry all the flavour but without the sharp sweetness from the fresh version. I particularly enjoyed this element and it pairs perfectly with the parfait presenting delicious summer flavours. The gel carries more lychee flavour, moistness, and a slight burst of sweetness but is well controlled. The caramelised glass shards add a touch of richness via the sesame seeds and all elements tie together in producing an excellent finish to the meal. . . . → Read More: The Standard – 27 Nov 2015

Big Els Latin American Fusion - 26 Nov 2015

Big Els Mexican Fusion - Quesadilla

Big Els presents a range of dishes to share amongst the table giving variety and a bit of a chilli kick amongst the delicious flavours presented. I enjoyed the crunchy popcorn prawns in jalapeƱo tinged tartare sauce before moving on to the quesadillas which were my favourite of the night. Two thin but crispy pancake like layers encased a delicious vegetable filling which was supplemented with gooey cheese and aioli to liven things up. The coxinhas didn’t have as crunchy an outer as I was expecting but the filling was delicious, soft and mellow before getting the spicy chilli kick which added oomph to the dish. The chicken was a little tasteless on it’s own but when rolled into the soft taco shell with guacamole, salsa, and 2 sauces, each mouthful came alive and was delicious. Lastly, the lamb cutlets presented plenty of tender succulent meat with a light spice and acidic chimmichurri to add plenty of flavour. For dessert I indulged in the chocolate bar chimichangas which have a chocolate bar filling encased by a tortilla type pastry thoroughly enjoyed with caramel sauce, vanilla ice cream, and more chocolate. An excellent dining experience with delicious flavoursome food, great service, and in a relaxing environment. . . . → Read More: Big Els Latin American Fusion – 26 Nov 2015

Twisted Chopsticks - 25 Nov 2015

Twisted Chopsticks - Angry Duck

Newly opened in September, Twisted Chopsticks offers dishes of an Asian influence, mainly from Japan and Korea. They serve alcohol and have early bird specials. I got a take away order of okonomiyaki, a savoury Japanese pancake, and angry duck which appears one of their signature dishes. The Japanese pancake is light, soft and moist, slightly gooey with the cheese, and contains delicious tender thin slices of pork with a lovely sweetness from the BBQ sauce. The angry duck carries quite a chilli kick and has strong intense flavours. This is tempered by the plain steamed rice and the salad. There’s a fair amount of boneless duck, though some pieces are a little dry while others are moist and tender. A brave bold dish that is anything but subtle. . . . → Read More: Twisted Chopsticks – 25 Nov 2015

Nomstar Ramen - 15 Nov 2015

Nomstar Ramen - #2 Black Ramen

Nom nom nom. Yep, a visit here will have you slurping on delicious ramen. Newly opened there are 3 ramen varieties on offer and I chose the black version which is soy sauce based. A big bowl of tasty thin noodles is to be enjoyed with a broth offering depth of flavour and while a little intense, the broccoli and pickled bean sprouts help take the edge off, the latter, refreshing the palette. Tender pork adds meatiness to the meal and richness via the fatty part which is delicious. I also got the chasu pork bun and it was amazing! I loved the fatty pork giving a burst of flavour while the blend of spices deliver the flavour punch. To finish off, smooth black sesame ice cream was thoroughly enjoyed, cooling the mouth and contrasting in texture with the crunch of the black sesame seeds. . . . → Read More: Nomstar Ramen – 15 Nov 2015

The Craftsman - 7 Nov 2015

The Craftsman - Trio of Homemade Desserts

I was back again at The Craftsman and so were many other people who packed out the venue on a Saturday afternoon. I ordered the gnocchi ragu which presented a huge serving. The gnocchi was well cooked, soft and delicious and submerged in a flavoursome ragu sauce. I also enjoyed the chunks of lamb which was super soft after being braised long and slow in red wine. I was determined to grab dessert and the trio of desserts was clearly too much for one person, with no warning given by the waitstaff. Nonetheless, I polished off the sticky date pudding in a delicious caramel sauce, before making my way through nearly all the thick chocolate sauce surrounding the chocolate pudding which was very yum. The apple crumble is much more subtle and lighter in flavour which is much needed to compliment the other desserts. So stuffed! You definitely won’t go home hungry and you definitely get your money’s worth, just ensure you rock up with a big appetite otherwise your plate will be far from empty. . . . → Read More: The Craftsman – 7 Nov 2015

Maruzzella Restaurant - 5 Nov 2015

Maruzzella Restaurant - Calamari fritti

After the setting the bar really high on my last visit, the challenge is to sustain it. Tonight didn’t reach the same highs but the food was still delicious. I loved the flavours of the perfectly seasoned calamari but it was a tad chewy. The ravioli contained a lovely soft ricotta and spinach filling and the tomato sauce was bursting with energy and flavour which took it to another level. The tiramisu was also delicious and a lovely way to finish off the night with a generous serving once again, of light moist tiramisu. I’m really glad to see a quality Italian offering in East Perth. . . . → Read More: Maruzzella Restaurant – 5 Nov 2015

The Craftsman - 4 Nov 2015

The Craftsman - Chicken Galliano

Stopping by for a movie, a few drinks, watching a sporting event, or to enjoy the live entertainment, The Craftsman serves a variety of dishes to suit a range of tastes in a lovely relaxed atmosphere with friendly service to boot. The dishes are very generous so I was really disappointed to pass on dessert which I eyed from the beginning. I shared an entree of sizzling garlic prawns smothered in a butter, onion, and bacon mix which was delicious. The juicy plump pawns were enjoyed with rice and a tangy salad with an excellent dressing. For mains I ordered the chicken Galliano which presented two well cooked chicken pieces wrapped in prosciutto. Each bite was delicious with the creamy vanilla infused mushroom sauce adding another facet to the dish. It was paired with risotto which was an unusual choice and while I enjoyed rich creamy food, the dish lacked balance via a salad, an acidic element, or steamed veggies to compliment the dish. Despite that, the hearty generous serving left me stuffed but satisfied. Aside from the menu, they have meal days like ribalicious Monday’s and there’s a variety of events on too. . . . → Read More: The Craftsman – 4 Nov 2015

Darlings Supper Club - 28 Oct 2015

Darlings Supper Club - Roast Duck Nasi Goreng

The Darlings Supper Club offers a fusion of Asian cuisine but the dishes offered still stay close to it’s roots. The balance and execution of the dishes were generally excellent, complemented perfectly with a dipping sauce or salad. These latter elements were crucial to keeping the dish in check, the perfect balance of acidity, sweet, sour or spicy helped compliment or counteract any richness or strong flavours. A few of the dishes were over salted which was disappointing. While I enjoyed the food and the service, if you’re going to set up shop in Northbridge you’re going toe to toe with all the other Asian restaurants. Darlings Supper Club matched them on flavour, but failed miserably on price. A yum cha restaurant a few blocks away would not charge $10 for 4 prawn dumplings. A typical nasi goreng wouldn’t push $14, half the price of Darlings version, albeit with roast duck, at $28. Darlings is not your typical Asian restaurant, it’s proposition is different but I felt the pricing is on the high side for comparable dishes available close by at other Northbridge restaurants. The total bill was just under $150, just under $100 after the voucher. . . . → Read More: Darlings Supper Club – 28 Oct 2015

Maruzzella Restaurant - 22 Oct 2015

Maruzzella Restaurant - Porchetta with Vegetables

A new offering to East Perth is Maruzzella Restaurant which serves coffee in the mornings, lunch, dinner, and breakfast on the weekends. The menu offers a range of dishes from pasta to pizza and also offers takeaway. They have specials each month so I tried the business special for $29.90 which includes a main and a choice of dessert. The roasted porchetta was generous in serving, beautifully cooked, moist, and had a crunchy crackling. Served with a delicious sauce, a few vegetables, olive oil with crushed garlic and chilli for additional flavour, this was a superb dish. For dessert I ordered the wobbling chocolate panna cotta. One bite of the smooth silky panna cotta took me to chocolate heaven! A truly fantastic dessert which is definitely not one to share. Be greedy and devour immediately upon serving. Superb value, delicious, served and eaten within the hour. . . . → Read More: Maruzzella Restaurant – 22 Oct 2015

Old Cathay Chinese Cuisine - 15 Oct 2015

Old Cathay Chinese - Dong Po Style Pork Belly

I’ve been to many Chinese restaurants but visiting Old Cathay presented dishes that I haven’t eaten before and were very different to that previously experienced. The fried rice was moist and delicious, full of flavour, and I really enjoyed the slightly crunchy chicken coated in a light marmite sauce. A slightly different flavour to what one is used but it’s tasty and really gets you hooked. The patagonian toothfish is a lovely fish served in a subtle garlic and ginger sauce but it lacked oomph. The cut like butter super tender pork belly in that lovely soupy sauce was also delicious, particularly enjoyed with the Chinese buns, mantau. For dessert, I enjoyed fried ice cream, the batter while not crispy, coconut and vanilla ice cream combine for a lovely finish to an excellent meal. . . . → Read More: Old Cathay Chinese Cuisine – 15 Oct 2015